Sestina Day 51: Quoting Scripture For My Purpose


May 2, 2011 by Sez

Had a bit of a go at found poetry and amateur blasphemy today. Basically it’s randomly googled Bible quotes on love, hate, heaven, hell, good and evil, copied and pasted into sestina order. Not sure what it means, really.

How much better is thy love
Than wine? Turn ye now from your evil
Be like one of theirs, and speak thou good.
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate
You, but cast them down to hell.
Lift up thine eyes unto heaven.

Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven,
The truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love
Go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Hearken, and turn every man from his evil
Neither let them wink with the eye that hate.
Shall evil be recompensed for good?

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good
Which is taken up from you into heaven,
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate
Thee? And abide in his love?
The heart of the sons of men is full of evil
Let them go down quick into hell.

The wicked shall be turned into hell.
And the Lord do that which seemeth him good.
Then they should have turned them from their evil
Way, commanded by the God of heaven,
For ye yourselves are taught of God to love
That I might destroy them that hate

Me. willing to declare the hate
And corruption is fled into hell
He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We are determined to do good
And the powers that are in heaven
Cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

Go haughtily: for this time is evil.
I get understanding: therefore I hate
And the fire of God came down from heaven
Delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
And Jesus said, Why callest thou me good?
There is none good, Beloved, let us love

In heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
A time to love, and a time to hate;
The way to hell: God saw that it was good.


One thought on “Sestina Day 51: Quoting Scripture For My Purpose

  1. Smokin’ arrangement, deftly done.

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